Gavin Grimm, a 17-year old transgender teen from Virginia, sued Gloucester County School Board for making him use the school’s unisex bathroom. Recently, the Supreme Court decided they would not hear this case, and sent it back down to lower courts.
Background on Transgender Rights
In his time as President, Obama sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to school boards, saying that schools “must not treat a transgender student differently from the way it treats other students of the same gender identity.”
Trump has recently rescinded that letter. NPR offers great insight on what this will mean: “This does not change the law. What it does is give states and districts more flexibility in their interpretation of Title IX and how they choose to accommodate transgender students.”
Oh, so what happens now for Gavin?
Before the case was sent up to the Supreme Court, Gavin won a federal appeal saying that “…a school district in rural, coastal Virginia cannot ban a female student from boys’ bathrooms and locker rooms because the Obama administration’s interpretation of Title IX allows students who call themselves transgender to choose their own bathrooms” (Daily Caller).
But with Trump’s rescission of that letter, school disctricts/states now decide for themselves whether they want to enforce gender equality rules or not.
As for the Supreme Court…
“The high court sent the case back down to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in light of the Trump administration’s action. That court will have to decide whether Title IX protects against gender identity discrimination. A federal appeals court has yet to do that and the issue is currently being litigated in other courts across the country. The Supreme Court is more likely to take up a case when a number of courts disagree on an issue.”
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